Disney Publishing Launches ‘Disney Reads’ Social Media Hub

Disney Reads 'Season of Giving' ContestDisney Publishing Worldwide has launched ‘Disney Reads,’ a new social media hub that will be your go-to place for the latest news in the world of books, magazine, comics, digital app and much, much more.

Through its Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube channels, fans will get first access to news, contests, quizzes, polls, giveaways and fan-generated content.  ‘Disney Reads’ will also showcase backstage segments from author events, feature exclusive downloadable goodies and other fun Disney fan content.

Fans of the Facebook page can also enter to win two ‘Disney Reads’ Gift Pack assortments — one to keep and one to give (approximate retail value of $700).

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‘FamilyFun Kids’ Magazine Launched by Disney Publishing Worldwide

'FamilyFun Kids' from Disney Publishing WorldwideDisney Publishing Worldwide, the world’s largest publisher of children’s books and magazines, today announces the launch of FamilyFun Kids, a new, bi-monthly magazine that encourages kids’ creativity with hands-on crafts, skill-building recipes, imaginative games, brainteasers, and puzzles. The magazine, geared to 6- to 12-year-olds, is created by the staff of Disney FamilyFun magazine, which millions of moms turn to each month for creative family ideas. Like its parent magazine, FamilyFun Kids is packed with fun things to read, but is also specifically designed to be a tactile, interactive experience for children with pages they can cut, fold, tear out, and decorate.

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‘Disney Junior’ Magazine Now Available from Disney Publishing Worldwide

'Disney Junior' Magazine from Disney Publishing WorldwideIn early 2011, the Disney Channel debuted Disney Junior—a brand that invites parents and caregivers to join their child in the Disney experience of magical, musical, and heartfelt stories and characters, while incorporating learning and development themes for young children.

Now, families can take these familiar characters and stories off-screen! Disney Junior, a new magazine for preschoolers, is full of magical stories and playful activities featuring favorite Disney Junior characters. Children aged 3 – 5 can join their favorite pals as they play games, solve puzzles, and learn about helping, celebrating, and sharing.

Disney Junior magazine includes:

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Marvel Sends ‘Prep & Landing’ Crew to Avengers Mansion in Comics Crossover

'Prep & Landing: Mission: Impossible' from Marvel ComicsThere’s very little doubt that Tony Stark and the rest of The Avengers are on the nice list this year, so it makes perfect sense that the popular duo of Wayne and Lanny from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ ‘Prep & Landing’ animated special perform their most daunting task to date: Avengers Mansion.

Marvel will be publishing the first issue of the new crossover series on November 16, according to the official Facebook page of Walt Disney Animation Studios, who also provided a sneak peek.

'Prep & Landing: Mission: Impossible' from Marvel ComicsThe issue is subtitled ‘Mansion: Impossible,’ although we’ll probably be calling it ‘Mission: Impossibelf’ just because.

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‘Star Wars’ Author Timothy Zahn to Offer Signing at Walt Disney World, October 14

'Heir to the Empire' 20th Anniversary Edition by Timothy ZahnOn Friday, October 14, 2011, noted author Timothy Zahn will be on hand to sign his latest Star Wars novel, Choices of One as well as the 20th anniversary edition of the best-seller, Heir to the Empire.

Zahn will be at The Writer’s Stop located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios from 1 – 3 pm. As always, theme park admission is not included and items must be purchased at the event (no personal items).

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Website Details ‘Olympian Week’ Events for ‘The Son of Neptune,’ Offers Excerpt

'Heroes of Olympus: Son of Neptune' by Rick RiordanA new website launched by Disney Publishing Worldwide offers new details on the week-long celebration for celebrated author Rick Riordan’s second entry into the Heroes of Olympus series, The Son of Neptune, available October 4 and now available for pre-order on Amazon.com.

In addition to listing the events to take place during the book’s first week, OlympianWeek.com also details two pre-week events, taking place October 1 and October 2 in New York City and Los Angeles respectively.

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D23 Expo: Disney Donates $500,000 and 8 Million Books to First Book; Audience to Receive Free Book

A special event this Friday at 1 p.m. at the D23 Expo in the Anaheim Convention Center celebrates the power of imagination and the magic of Disney storytelling. Disney will donate $500,000 and 8 million Disney Publishing Worldwide books to First Book, a national nonprofit organization that provides new books to children in need. Disney’s enduring commitment to kids, families and communities will be front and center at the event, as Disney Publishing Worldwide and Disney Junior highlight the emotional connection that generations of kids and families have to Disney’s iconic stories and beloved characters.

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Disney Publishing Worldwide Announces Plans, Signings for San Diego Comic-Con

Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) thrills at the 2011 Comic-Con convention with exciting panels and signings including: a Disney/Marvel panel showcasing DPW’s Marvel publishing program through fall 2011; an exciting sneak peek at the recently launched Disney Comics App; and exclusive giveaways just for Comic-Con attendees at the DPW booth (#1016).

The DPW booth will showcase an assortment of books, comics, graphic novels, and magazines; preview upcoming releases; and product sneak peeks will be on display including The Art of Epic Mickey and Phineas and Ferb Across the 2nd Dimension: Official Movie Magazine. A limited selection of product will also be for sale.

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D23 Expo: Authors Ridley Pearson, Dave Barry to Present with Actor David Arquette

A strong commitment to corporate citizenship is as much a part of The Walt Disney Company’s heritage as the family entertainment that has delighted and captivated audiences for decades. Disney opens a new chapter in that level of commitment at the D23 Expo on Friday, August 19, 2011 in the Anaheim Convention Center Main Hall. A special announcement will be part of a storytelling event featuring two of America’s best-known and most popular writers, Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, and David Arquette, star of Disney Junior’s #1 series, “Jake and the Never Land Pirates.”

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Disney Partners with Lilly Diabetes to Promote Awareness for Families

Lilly Diabetes and Disney Mickey Mouse Clubhouse bookLilly Diabetes today announced the launch of an innovative collaboration with Disney Online and Disney Publishing Worldwide that combines Lilly’s deep understanding of diabetes with some Disney magic to provide inspiration, education and practical advice to families with children who have type 1 diabetes. The companies have created a variety of resources for families, including a special online hub found on Disney Family.com and a series of custom books by Disney Publishing Worldwide for children of various ages and stages of life with diabetes.

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